Google poaches one of Samsung's best always-on display features for Android Pie

For its flagship lines, Samsung introduced wallpapers to the Always-on Display (AoD) feature that lets pertinent info stay on the AMOLED screen at all times, even when the phone is locked. It's an awesome option, as it lets users simply glance at the screen for the time, date, or notification info, instead of having to grab and unlock the phone each time, but is a bit of a battery drain.

That hasn't precluded Galaxy owners from praising it, and we are seeing offshoots of Always-on Display on other phones. Google is now adding support for the wallpaper feature on AoD screens, as it's been having something similar on its own line of Pixel phones. The option was undoubtedly inspired by Samsung's lineup, but Google adds its own tweaks like an always-listening feature which can automatically recognize what song is playing around you, even offline.

The always-on screen wallpaper support has been unearthed in the Android Pie code, with a commit that reveals it will simply show a wallpaper for a minute or so, and then cross-fade it into a black background. Samsung, on the other hand, now even supports short GIF-animated images to be displayed on a locked screen now, but it's a start. 

Poaching good ideas from manufacturer overlays has been Google's favorite pastime on Android lately, and Apple does the same with iOS, sometimes even acquiring the apps or features that it then incorporates in the next iOS version. We don't complain, as those new features usually work much better when they are embedded on a system level.

source: XDA-Devs



1. TangoIndiaMike

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 16, 2017

I just want the next calendar event from my outlook calendar on the Pixel 2 Always on Display. Currently will only show the next event from a google calendar......irritating!

2. Papa_Ji

Posts: 879; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Again, Android Version does not matters on Samsung phones. Most of the upcoming android features are already present in Samsung phones. Google basically copy them from Samsung.

3. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Right? People complain about Samsung taking time to integrate the new OS on their phones. It's because they realized the Samsung Experience already had the features so they need to find a way to improve upon it further

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